December 13, 2017 Subject:
5 star AUD tape.
Yowza, this sounds good! Sounds like the mics are right on the speaker stacks.
This show was unique, to say the least. I have specific, fond memories of it, despite the scene, gate-crashers, cops, and drama.
Jerry is fading, but there are flashes of greatness.
Kudos to the taper. 5 star AUD tape. Thanks for posting...finally!
December 1, 2017 Subject:
The best of a bad situation...
I attended this show and ironically, out of my many concerts attended in my life; I felt unsafe at Grateful Dead show? I was in the Taper's Section when the back fence of the Deer Creek outdoor concert venue was crashed by out of control concert goers; I don't like to refer to them as "Deadheads". Maybe, this was the 1st "violent" protest by young left wing brats who screwed it up for the second Deer Creek show of the troubled summer 95 tour. (St. Louis, Mo. show had a deck collapse at a local campground inhabited by Deadheads, numerous deaths and injuries).
Years after Garcia's death fans learned that he had faced credible death threats from various disturbed individuals and the house lights stayed on the whole night during this show. Also, I recall a low flying police helicopter over the venue after the parking lot riot. Moreover, when approaching the entry to the venue I distinctly remember seeing a huge police presence AND riot police with K-9 dogs at the apex of the hill where the end of the fence of the Deer Creek structure. These irate bad apples had to storm uphill and engage the police since they had the high ground; I also recall hippie's dancing on the storage facility at the back of the venue; there were huge breaches in the fence where hundreds of people flowing like a exit or entry. At that point I felt nervous thinking where I am going to go, anyone remember the Who concert in Cincinnati in 1979? 11 people trampled to death… However, the Grateful Dead remain the composure and deliver a decent performance.
After numerous audience sources and a in ear monitor mix mono "soundboard" I like this source the best. It's not a "front of board" with tons of audience noise; it's a from the taper section but has a large presence and clear sound. Nice pro gear but the credit goes to Cutler from of house mix; the drums are so clear; they worked so hard on that sound and it pays off. The greatest thing about 1995 is the mixes and the PA sound was getting really good. I thought this was one of the best shows I heard for fidelity, it's a shame the next night got cancelled because I think it was going to be special. The vibe in the parking lot had been the "Dark Star" was going to played…that's probably why everyone went bonkers after Dire Wolf (1st appearance of the year, and somewhat a rarity ) I guess , the Grateful Dead made the best of a bad situation… "the darkness had got to give"